A new era has dawned on the football landscape and with it the Washington Football Team has said goodbye to its "Redskins" nickname, which had been in use for more than eighty years. Head back to a less politically correct time, with this 1949 Washington Redskins photo lot of (7). These professional 8x10 photos appear to be original period Type 1 prints, all with photographer credits on the back.
1949 Redskins team-signed photo (VG-EX) due to rippling along the right edge. This condition does not affect the distinct player images and otherwise this photo is crisp, clean and glossy. The reverse is stamped with "Credit Line Nate Fine Photo". Fine served as the team's photographer from the time it relocated from Boston to DC in 1937, until his death in 1988. The name "Don Williams" is also written on the reverse. The photo's obverse is signed by (19) team members, with signature strength ranging ("5" to "8"). Most of the autographs are applied in red ink and average 6-7 potency, while (3) in green ink are stronger and (2) in blue ink tend toward the lesser end of the described potency range. Featured signers are: (14) in red ink: Harry Gilmer, Clyde Ehrhardt, Howie Livingston, Sammy Baugh, Bob Hendren, Hugh Taylor, Tommy Mont, Ed Quirk, Herb Shoener, Ed Berrang, Jim Peebles, Al Damao, Dick Poillon, Eddie Saenz; (3) in green ink: Michael Micka, Clyde Goodnight, Dan Sandifer; (2) in blue ink: John Steber, head coach Herman Ball. Micka played with the Redskins in 1944-1945 and finished his NFL career with the Boston Yanks from 1945-1948. He may have tried to make the team in 1949, or perhaps the green signatures were applied at a later date, while the red signatures are likely period signed examples. Auction LOA from JSA.
(6) 8x10 Photos with handwritten "Abbie Rowe" credits and stamped dates on the reverse. Rowe is better known as being an official White House photographer from 1941-1967. Photos are: 10/16/49 (VG-EX+, VG) vs New York Bulldogs, a defunct team that competed in the AAFC and NFL from 1944-1951; (2) 11/6/49 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (EX); (2) 11/13/49 (both EX-MT) vs. the 1949 NFL champions Philadelphia Eagles, including one of running back Steve Van Buren heading into the end zone during the season he set a new NFL career rushing record; 11/20/49 (EX) vs. Chicago Bears
Also present is a 78RPM record with the team's fight song "Hail to the Redskins" on the A-side and "The Fighting Redskins" on the B-side. The disc appears to be unplayed and the accompanying Decca All Star Records paper sleeve shows age-appropriate wear, including a 4" split at center on the bottom edge. The words to the fight song are credited to Corinne Griffith, wife of team owner George Preston Marshall and the recording artists are "Hal Kemp's Band". The flip side artists are "James McKechnie and The Redskin Glee Club".